BPL Monday: Chelsea roll over Burnley at Turf Moor

IMAGE, CHELSEAFC.COM

By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

For a moment, the Burnley fans were in a dream.

Returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2009/10 season, the Clarets found themselves ahead of Chelsea. Matthew Taylor floated the ball from the end line towards the top of the box at the far side. Scott Arfield took a touch and then half-volleyed the shot into the top corner, leaving Thibault Courtois, who started ahead of Petr Cech, with no chance to make a save in the 14th minute.

However, that dream turned into a nightmare very quickly.

The Blues turned the game in their favor very quickly and never looked back. After Branislav Ivanovic fired a shot off the post, summer signing Diego Costa pounced and finished off the equalizer just three minutes after Burnley had taken the lead.

Cesc Fabregas, making his Premier League return after his initial stint with Arsenal, played a lovely ball to set up the second goal. His touch was perfectly weighted and split the Burnley defense as Andre Schurrle put Chelsea in front in the 21st minute.

Fabregas again played a key pass as it was his corner that Ivanovic headed in for Chelsea’s third in the 34th minute. With the performance of Fabregas, will Arsenal, who had a buyback clause inserted when the midfielder moved to Barcelona, regret not bringing him back to the Emirates?

A Chelsea legend also returned to the Premier League as Didier Drogba was substituted on in the 84th minute. The last time he suited up for the Blues, he was scoring the winning penalty in a shootout in the Champions League Final.

With the ease Chelsea dismantled Burnley, the Blues may have jumped out in front as early title favorites. However, tougher games are soon to come to see just how good Chelsea can be.